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Study protocol: the sleeping sound with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder project

Sciberras, Emma, Efron, Daryl, Gerner, Bibi, Davey, Margot, Mensah, Fiona, Oberklaid, Frank and Hiscock, Harriet 2010, Study protocol: the sleeping sound with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder project, BMC pediatrics, vol. 10, pp. 1-9, doi: 10.1186/1471-2431-10-101.

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Title Study protocol: the sleeping sound with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder project
Author(s) Sciberras, EmmaORCID iD for Sciberras, Emma orcid.org/0000-0003-2812-303X
Efron, Daryl
Gerner, Bibi
Davey, Margot
Mensah, Fiona
Oberklaid, Frank
Hiscock, Harriet
Journal name BMC pediatrics
Volume number 10
Article ID 101
Start page 1
End page 9
Total pages 9
Publisher BioMed Central
Place of publication London, Eng.
Publication date 2010-12-30
ISSN 1471-2431
Keyword(s) Activities of Daily Living
Attention
Attention Deficit Disorder with Hyperactivity
Behavior Therapy
Child
Child, Preschool
Clinical Protocols
Faculty
Female
Follow-Up Studies
Humans
Male
Memory, Short-Term
Parents
Sleep Initiation and Maintenance Disorders
Surveys and Questionnaires
Treatment Outcome
Summary BACKGROUND: Up to 70% of children with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) experience sleep problems including difficulties initiating and maintaining sleep. Sleep problems in children with ADHD can result in poorer child functioning, impacting on school attendance, daily functioning and behaviour, as well as parental mental health and work attendance. The Sleeping Sound with ADHD trial aims to investigate the efficacy of a behavioural sleep program in treating sleep problems experienced by children with ADHD. We have demonstrated the feasibility and the acceptability of this treatment program in a pilot study.

METHODS/DESIGN: This randomised controlled trial (RCT) is being conducted with 198 children (aged between 5 to 12 years) with ADHD and moderate to severe sleep problems. Children are recruited from public and private paediatric practices across the state of Victoria, Australia. Upon receiving informed written consent, families are randomised to receive either the behavioural sleep intervention or usual care. The intervention consists of two individual, face-to-face consultations and a follow-up phone call with a trained clinician (trainee consultant paediatrician or psychologist), focusing on the assessment and management of child sleep problems. The primary outcome is parent- and teacher-reported ADHD symptoms (ADHD Rating Scale IV). Secondary outcomes are child sleep (actigraphy and parent report), behaviour, daily functioning, school attendance and working memory, as well as parent mental health and work attendance. We are also assessing the impact of children's psychiatric comorbidity (measured using a structured diagnostic interview) on treatment outcome.

DISCUSSION: To our knowledge, this is the first RCT of a behavioural intervention aiming to treat sleep problems in children with ADHD. If effective, this program will provide a feasible non-pharmacological and acceptable intervention improving child sleep and ADHD symptoms in this patient group.
Language eng
DOI 10.1186/1471-2431-10-101
Field of Research 170106 Health, Clinical and Counselling Psychology
111403 Paediatrics
111714 Mental Health
1114 Paediatrics And Reproductive Medicine
Socio Economic Objective 920410 Mental Health
HERDC Research category C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2010, The Authors
Free to Read? Yes
Use Rights Creative Commons Attribution licence
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30079173

Document type: Journal Article
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